While at SXSW, I had the chance to talk to director Matthew Cherry about his film 9 Rides and his thoughts on being a working director at a time when diversity in Hollywood is probably the hottest topic.
9 Rides marks his second feature film to premiere at SXSW. In addition, he's directed short films, music videos with Snoop Dogg, Common, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. It was a terrific conversation and he was awesome... my only regret was not asking him if his soul was forever enlightened by staring into Queen Bey's eyes.
Bomani Jones wore a funny "Caucasian" shirt and, of course, white people got mad.
The Broadway juggernaut of diversity, Hamilton is having open auditions for "Non White" people (I would totally do it, but I would probably end up vomiting during my audition out of anxiety). Of course, white people were offended by this because there's not enough white roles out there for them.